Another build bites the dust... College block is demolished

West Herts College's iconic Dacorum campus building is demolished
West Herts College's iconic Dacorum campus building is demolished

More demolition is taking place along Marlowes as plans to improve West Herts College’s Dacorum campus continue to take shape.

The further education establishment’s iconic glass-fronted block is in the process of being torn down this week, in order to make way for new modern buildings offering a range of improved facilities – specifically to develop engineering courses for students.

West Herts College's iconic Dacorum campus building is demolished PNL-141009-141144001

West Herts College's iconic Dacorum campus building is demolished PNL-141009-141144001

The work follows the demolition of the Marlowes Methodist Church just next door.

The college, which also has campuses in Kings Langley and Watford, was established in 1991 as an amalgamation of the former Dacorum College, Cassio College and George Stephenson College.

Principal Gill Worgan said: “This work enables brand new education and training facilities to be developed, providing a broad range of courses and qualifications for young people and adults across Dacorum for many years to come.

“We are committed to providing training for skills required by the local economy.”

The College confirmed no students will be disadvantaged by the removal of the building, as it was disused.

A programme of refurbishment on some of the other existing buildings over the summer included updated and extended facilities for construction skills.

Students at the campus can take on a variety of vocational courses including carpentry, bricklaying and plastering.

The improvement works to the site are pressing ahead despite the setback suffered earlier this year when supermarket giant Morrisons pulled out of a £25million investment in the plot, due to environmental concerns over the installation of a petrol filling station.

Savings made by not relocating the college to another site for the Morrisons work have been ploughed back into the modernisation of the existing campus.